Agricultural Workforce Development Program
The Agricultural Workforce Development Program provides incentives to agricultural businesses, including farms and ranches, to hire interns. Qualified businesses may be reimbursed up to 50% of the actual cost of hiring an intern, not to exceed $5,000 per internship. The Program is the result of legislation introduced during the 2018 Colorado General Assembly by the Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee, aimed at providing hands-on educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to a future career in agriculture.
Approximately $40,000 is available for internships through June 30, 2019. Qualified internships must include at least 130 hours of work experience and provide a focused learning opportunity for the intern. The Department will accept applications from businesses interested in participating in the Program until February 15, 2019.
(Business applications are not being accepted at this time.)